Friday, May 15, 2009

ALA Copy Cataloging Interest Group

All kinds of conference info is coming out from ALA right now. Again, to make a point: the full ALA conference doesn't come any closer to Minnesota than Chicago - if you can at all afford it, please go! You will not regret it!


The ALCTS CCS Copy Cataloging Interest Group will meet during the ALA Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, July 11, from 10:30 AM to 12 noon. We're interested in all things copy cataloging, but for our next meeting we're particularly interested in the following topics:

* Copy cataloging for Special Collections.
* How to train copy catalogers in FRBR and RDA, FRBR being here already and RDA on its way.
* Copy cataloging for special formats, such as electronic resources.
* Copy cataloging and vendor records.

Are you doing something in any of these areas that you'd like to share with an eager audience? Would you like to help us explore any of these topics? If so, the Copy Cataloging Interest Group is the place for you! We're looking for people to speak to the group about any of these topics. If you would like to speak to the group, please contact Gene Dickerson, Chair, or Tatiana Barr, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect with your interest. We're looking for people to speak for about 15-20 minutes on any of the topics listed above. If you'd like to propose another topic you're interested in, let us know that, too. Tell us who you are and what topic you'd like to speak about. Don't be shy! Give us a try! If you want to nominate someone else to speak, let us know who he or she is, along with contact information, and we'll take it from there.

Gene Dickerson
Lead Librarian for Cataloging
Ralph J. Bunche Library
U.S. Dept. of State
Washington, DC

Tatiana Barr
Catalog Librarian
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Thousand Words: Taking Better Photos for Telling Stories in Your Library

Going to ALA in Chicago this summer? Consider this session:

*A Thousand Words: Taking Better Photos for Telling Stories in Your Library*

Presented by: Helene Blowers, Michael Porter, and Cindi Trainor, Friday, July 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Chicago

If you want to learn how to capture library events more effectively and artistically, don’t miss this hands-on workshop in Chicago this July. Learn the Who, What and Why of shooting, sharing and reusing your library photos, and see how to use widgets and other tools to tell stories and engage your users in your digital space. Learn techniques for shooting and editing better photos, camera settings that make for the best photos, and the basics of editing an image. Privacy policies and Creative Commons will also be covered. The hands-on portion of this workshop will involve using flickr, getting to know your camera, and using desktop and online image editing tools.

Participants should bring a camera and laptop. Be sure to bring your camera's cable or a card reader for downloading photos to your computer.

More information is available at the LITA Web site:

You do NOT need to attend Annual Conference to register for a LITA preconference. Visit the 2009 ALA Annual Conference registration page to register for these events.

To add a workshop to your existing Annual Conference registration:
Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084
use your log in and password to access your existing registration using the online registration form:
Add events in the “Your Events” section; check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Internships and Updating Skills

On the most recent post on Career Q & A with the Library Career People, they address two questions that come up frequently in our Library Information Technology program: using internships to gain experience, and to update skills.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

North Carolina Happenings

For North Carolina Library Paraprofessionals: Scholarship and Membership Information:

1. The North Carolina Library Paraprofessional Association is again offering the Meralyn M. Meadows Conference Scholarship for NCLA's biennial conference in October (Greenville, NC).

For information, eligibility requirements, and an application, please go to .

If you are the winner of this scholarship, you will receive one night's lodging in a conference hotel, a complimentary meal at the NCLPA business meeting luncheon, the cost of a NCLPA membership for two years, and an opportunity to serve fellow support staff.

NCLPA is a roundtable of the North Carolina Library Association.

2. Also, please join NCLA/NCLPA! Membership information is available at .

Ellen Dickey
NCLPA Scholarship Chair

Friday, May 8, 2009

3rd Annual Information Literacy Conference - Mpls/St. Paul Area

Metronet is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Information Literacy Conference!

Transformation from Within: Creating a 21st Century Learning Commons
Friday - June 19, 2009
University of Minnesota Conference Center – St. Paul
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Featured speakers: David Loertscher and Allison Zmuda

Registration fee is $40, but principals can bring their media specialist for free!

Visit for more details and the link to registration.


A Learning Commons combines library and computer labs into a client-side organization both physical and virtual. Its central idea is a facility built on the idea that if THEY build it, they will use it as opposed to the current notion that if WE build it, they will use it.

The Learning Commons is a giant collaborative, the center of school culture, the showcase of excellence in teaching and learning, the center of school improvement, and, is the place where technology is transformed into a force for high level thinking and achievement.

Allison Zmuda and David Leortscher will explore the creation of such a center and will demonstrate and focus on the types of teaching and learning demonstrated in the Learning Commons that can radiate out from the Commons into the entire school. The audience will experiment with various models for transforming traditional learning experiences into high-level thinking, high tech, and collaborative experiences co-taught by classroom teachers, teacher librarians, teacher technologies, and/or other specialists in the school.

The presenters will explore the differences between academic computing and instructional computing that help push Web 2.0 tools into the mix of learning strategies to meet 21st Century Skills.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

April [MN] State Library Services Streaming News Available

April State Library Services Steaming News

The April newsletter is available at


In this month’s issue:

Public school library media center second annual report underway

Minnesota Book Award speaker grant applications due May 4

College savings effort partners with summer reading program

Minnesota Library Association to hold public library shortfall webinar conversation

Bruce Pomerantz serves as grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Education Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program

Learn immediately when a Streaming News edition is posted by using the web-based application.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WiLSWorld 2009

Registration is now open for WiLSWorld 2009. It will take place here in Madison on July 28th-29th at the Pyle Center. We have a great lineup of plenary and breakout speakers. See more information and register here.

Our opening day keynote is Joan Frye Williams. For more than 25 years, Joan Frye Williams has been a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, trainer, evaluator, and user of library services. Since 1996, she has been an independent consultant specializing in innovation, technology, and the service needs and preferences of non-library "civilians." Her many clients include libraries of all types and sizes, library consortia, state library agencies, professional library associations, library boards, library vendors, and architects. Joan is best known as an acute—and sometimes irreverent—observer of emerging library trends, issues, and practices. She is an internationally recognized library futurist and designer of innovative library services. Joan is a WiLSWorld alumnus, having keynoted a conference a number of years ago. Joan's web site is here.

Our second day keynote is Karen Schneider. Karen is Community Librarian at Equinox, the support and development company for Evergreen open-source library software. She is a writer and librarian who has published over 100 articles and two books. Schneider's technology writing has been recognized in a variety of venues for being both lively and learned. From 2005 through 2007 she contributed to ALA Techsource. From 1995 to 2001, as the Internet Librarian columnist for American Libraries, Schneider consistently ranked in magazine surveys as AL's most popular author. Schneider is an enthusiastic speaker, presenter, and educator who in 2000 was named by PUBLIB as one of the top ten speakers in librarianship. Karen is also a WiLSWorld alumnus, keynoting one of our earliest conferences. See Karen's Free Range Librarian blog.

Andrew Nagy Senior Discovery Services Engineer for Serials Solution and the Lead Developer of VuFind, will present a breakout session comparing VuFind with the new Serials Solution product Summon, and how they can work together. Andrew is an open source evangelist and library technologist. Prior to joining Serial Solutions, he was the Technology Development Specialist for the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University where he was responsible for developing and implementing an innovative suite of applications to provide access to library collections on the Web. That certainly describes VuFind.

Dorothea Salo will present a talk entitled "Institutional Repositories: Rebirth of the Phoenix", discussing IRs, the rocky road they have traveled, and their prospects for the future. Dorothea is Digital Repository Librarian at the UW-Madison. She has been identified by Library Journal as one of the "Movers & Shakers" for 2009. Her provocative and thought-provoking take on the state of IRs is outlined in "Innkeeper at the Roach Motel", published in the Fall 2008 issue of Library Trends. Find more of her thoughts on her blog, Caveat Lector.

Also among the breakouts are:

--Conversations with Joan Frye Williams and Karen Schneider
--Updates on Evergreen and Koha from Equinox and LibLime
--A Discussion of MnPALSPlus, an implementation of VuFind for the PALS library consortium
--Making Toolbars, Gadgets and Gizmos for Your Library's Users
--All about podcasts, screencasts and vodcasts
--Tasha Saecker on Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, Twitter and FriendFeed
--WorldCat Navigator, a new service for resource sharing
--RFID Revisited

As usual, there will be an opening-day reception and a second-day member breakfast (that is open to all attendees, not just WiLS members).

Join us for a useful and educational conference. You'll also get a chance to schmooze with your colleagues and have some fun!


Tom Zillner Telephone: 608/262-0047 (Voice)
Research Coordinator 608/262-6067 (FAX)
Wisconsin Library Services------------------------------------------
464 Memorial Library Internet:
728 State Street Web:
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Info Career Trends Going on Hiatus

After the May 2009 issue, Info Career Trends will be going on hiatus indefinitely. For more info, go to:

We hope it comes back!

7th Annual Minnesota Digital Library Meeting

Registration is now open!

7th Annual Meeting

Featuring –

Keynote Speaker: John Kunze, California Digital Library

-An Afternoon dedicated to digital preservation

-A room full of people ready to answer your questions on scanning, metadata,

CONTENTdm, The MN Digital Library, Pachyderm and more

June 8, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gorecki Center
College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Monday, June 8, 2008

Registration is from 8:00 -- 8:30 a.m.



To Register, visit:

The Minnesota Historical Society is working with the Minnesota Digital Library to plan this meeting. In addition to sessions on digitization, collaboration, and new projects with the MDL, we will have a keynote speaker and afternoon sessions that address preserving digital collections. We will also have a room set up where you can bring your questions and ask them one-on-one with people working on the Minnesota Digital Library.

For more info on the conference including a description of the breakout sessions, visit:

This conference is targeted for people and organizations interested in:
* the development of the Minnesota Digital Library
* learning more about digitization, preservation and collaboration
* working with the Minnesota Digital Library

For directions and a map to the College of St. Benedict, visit:> > <>

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Minitex Webinars

MINITEX Reference Services is pleased to announce the following upcoming webinars.

Please register today before sessions become full!

To get more information and to register go to

eBooks and NetLibrary

Friday, May 08, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Matt Lee, presenter

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Central Time)
Beth Staats, presenter

Monday, May 18, 2009
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Central Time)
Matt Lee, presenter

NetLibrary is an eBook collection available to all libraries and, by extension, to all citizens in Minnesota and North and South Dakota. The MINITEX NetLibrary eBook collection contains over 13,500 titles covering hundreds of academic, popular and professional subject and topic areas. Content includes hundred of titles from Cliff Notes and the "Complete Idiot's Guides To" series, travel guides, computer programming manuals, and several thousand public domain literary classics.

If you would like to learn more about the MINITEX NetLibrary eBook Collection, register for one of the sessions. This one hour webinar will cover what is in the NetLibrary collection, the latest interface updates, various access points and collections available from those access points,
searching the collection, creating and managing your personal NetLibrary account, and using NetLibrary's "Librarians Tool Kit" to find out information about your library's NetLibrary eBook usage and ideas for collection development.

* Download
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for eBooks and NetLibrary

EBSCO Academic Search Premier Advanced

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Carla Pfahl

This one-hour webinar will build upon the Academic Search Premier Basic Overview webinar by taking a look at the more advanced features of the database. Time will be spent exploring the Advanced Search & Limiter options, Cited References, Search History Management, Search & Journal Alerts, and Folder Features (e.g., Results Management, Page Composer).

Gale K12 Resources and PowerSearch

Thursday, May 14, 2009
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Central Time)
Jennifer Hootman

This session covers the K12 resources available in ELM from Gale, including the Discovering Collection, Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac K12 editions, and Junior Reference Collection. This session will cover the new PowerSearch interface!

Taking the Fear Out of Business Reference

Thursday, May 21, 2009
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Central Time)
Matt Lee

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Central Time)
Matt Lee

Monday, June 15, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
Matt Lee

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
Matt Lee

Business reference may be the most intimidating interaction librarians face on the reference desk. This one-hour session will take the fear out of business reference by breaking the broad concept of business research down into three simple tasks that will answer most of your patrons' questions: industry, company, and customer research. We'll use government sources (like the Economic Census and Consumer Expenditure Survey), industry associations (for detailed industry and customer data), and widely-available library databases (like EBSCO Business Source Premier and ReferenceUSA) to ensure that your next business reference transaction is confidently executed.

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archived version of Taking the Fear Out of Business Reference


ELM is brought to you by your local library or school media center, the MINITEX Library Information Network, and State Library Services, the MN state library agency with state appropriations to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education, and federal LSTA funds under the support of the Institute of Museum and
Library Services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that fosters
innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning, and State Library Services, the Minnesota state library agency, supports MINITEX Reference Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Friday, May 1, 2009

New York Technical Services Librarians Conference

FYI, for our more "distant" distance students.

New York Technical Services Librarians
Spring Meeting & Program
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Online registration is now open!

Space is limited so please register early. Preferred registration
deadline: Friday, May 1, 2009.

TOPIC: DIY Digital: Local Initiatives, Local Support

NYTSL has invited three local experts to discuss their experiences with
homegrown, collaborative digitization projects. Issues of concept,
funding, managing, and implementing new digital initiatives will be
considered. Please join us for this exploration of New York's digital
projects landscape.

Joanna DiPasquale, Columbia University Libraries, Web Developer

Josh Greenberg, New York Public Library, Director of Digital Strategy and

Jason Kucsma, METRO, Emerging Technologies Manager

Moderated by Angela Sidman, CUNY Graduate Center Library, Catalogue

South Court Auditorium
NYPL Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10018

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Refreshments, 5:00-6:00 PM
Meeting & Program, 6:00-8:00 PM

NYTSL now offers PayPal as a preferred payment method. Please go to for more information. Mail-in
registration forms are also available on the website.

Program (Members) $15.00

Program + Membership (Non-members and renewals) $20.00

Program only (Non-members) $25.00

For questions about membership status, please contact Lisa Genoese, .

Angela Sidman
NYTSL Secretary
Catalogue Librarian
Mina Rees Library
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-7072